PARIS Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ST said the collaboration with the MIG group will cover areas such as ultra-low power electronics, sensor systems and medical electronics.
"By joining MTL, ST will be able to push its research efforts to fully exploit ‘near-threshold’ technology and reach far below the actual power consumption limits of energy-efficient System-on-Chip solutions," stated Elio Guidetti, director for Ultra Low Power Platforms, Advanced System Technology at ST. "This technology can enable the development of an entirely new generation of microcontrollers for wireless sensors and portable medical devices."
Established in the mid-1980s, MIG is an industry consortium aimed at supporting MTL infrastructure and providing direction to the Microsystems Technology Laboratories research and educational objectives in consultation with the faculty.
In addition to ST, MIG member companies, for 2008-2009, are Analog Devices, Applied Materials, Cadence, Inc., International Business Machines (IBM), Intel, National Semiconductor, NEC and Novellus, Inc.